Slip ratings for tiles refer to their slip resistance, which indicates how slippery or non-slip a tile surface is. Slip ratings are especially important in areas where there is a potential for wet or slippery conditions, such as bathrooms, kitchens, swimming pool decks, or outdoor areas.
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There are various methods and rating systems used to determine slip resistance, but one commonly used system is the "R" rating, also known as the “pendulum test value” (PTV) *scroll further down to learn about Pendulum Test*. The R rating scale typically ranges from R9 to R13, with higher values indicating a higher slip resistance. Here's a general breakdown of the R rating scale:
It's important to note that slip ratings may vary depending on the manufacturer and the specific tile type. It's recommended to consult with the tile manufacturer or supplier to obtain accurate slip resistance information for a particular tile product. Additionally, local building codes or regulations may specify minimum slip resistance requirements for different areas to ensure safety.
Tile slip ratings are important to consider for couples making a decision in the home or an architect making large scale considerations to commercial projects.
Overall, tile slip ratings play a crucial role in preventing accidents, complying with regulations, and promoting safety in various settings. They provide a standardised way to assess and communicate the slip resistance of tiles, allowing individuals to make informed decisions and create safer living or working environments.
A pendulum test measures the dynamic coefficient of friction (CoF) between the tile surface and a standardised rubber slider. The test involves the use of a pendulum apparatus equipped with a rubber slider that swings across the tile surface.
Here's a general overview of how the pendulum test for tiles works: